Hi, as part of another AAAS project, SB&F Online, I've started a Pinterest board called "Iconic Images of Science." For some reason, maybe because I am overthinking it, I am having trouble deciding which images to include. I think that part of the problem is that I have come to the realization that this needs to be more of a collaborative venture. I don't want it to become "Maria's conception of what constitutes an iconic image in science." A couple of people on the SB&F Facebook group have suggested images to include and now I'd like to reach out to the people in this group. I have been defining "iconic" as images that represent important milestones in science, but I can see that the definition could be even more expansive than that. So if you've got any ideas or want to suggest images, please do!
Thanking everyone in advance,
Hi Maria! What a great idea for a Pinterest board. When I read "Iconic Images of Science," what sprang to mind was photographs themselves that are iconic that also happen to have scientific subject matter, for example the famous "Earthrise" picture from space or the one of Jane Goodall with a chimpanzee. I think that these images represent important milestones in science -- in space exploration and primatology in these examples -- but at the same time, the photographs themselves are also recognizable.
I'm excited to see any new images you add to the board, too!
Other iconic images along the lines of Maya's suggestion: the original stop-motion photograph of a water drop falling and the film sequence of a horse that answered the question of whether all four hooves are ever off the ground at the same time (check out wikipedia entry on Eadweard James Muybridge
This is a great idea, Maria. I've been trying to think of images that could be added and my mind started down the path of scientists and their work. Are there images of Watson and Crick and the double helix? Or perhaps Marie Curie in her work? What about Steven Hawking? Carl Sagan? Elizabeth Blackwell? There are so many.
I went to this site: http://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-most-important-iconic-and-or-beautiful-scientific-images and was reminded of Da Vinci's Vituvian man, Darwin's finches, Rosalind Franklin's x-ray diffraction pattern of DNA, the nautilus shell, etc.
Hope these ideas help.